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Max Scherzer overcomes home run hiccup to propel Mets win

Max Scherzer’s unbeaten run was a stroke of luck. Sunday evening was one of those.

This wasn’t the three-time Cy Young Award winner at his best, and he freely admitted it.

“As great as it is, I could have lost very easily tonight but I didn’t. My teammates picked me up,” said Scherzer after notching up his 15th straight win of the regular season and his 18th straight start in which his team won with him on the mound.

Long ball plagued Scherzer — he allowed three homers in a game for the first time since last April — but he didn’t give up much more in the Mets’ 10-6 win to 30,608 at Citi Field. Over six innings, Scherzer allowed four runs while fanning nine and giving up five hits.

Scherzer started red-hot and knocked out the first five Phillies he faced. A magical night seemed possible. But then Kyle Schwarber flipped a high 1-1 fastball, the first of the Mets killer’s two homers.

Max Scherzer plays in the Mets' win over the Phillies on Sunday.
Max Scherzer plays in the Mets’ win over the Phillies on Sunday.
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In the fourth, Schwarber got scherzer again, got on one knee to make a 2-2 substitution and somehow lofted over the right midfield fence. It was his 12th homer against the Mets from last season, continuing his personal destruction.

“I thought I had thrown a good shot there, 2-2, but he made a great swing,” said Scherzer. “Sometimes you can be beaten and I was beaten. I know he’s a great hitter and he can do it. That’s what happens in Major League Baseball. They are good too.”

But after every Schwarber homer, the Mets rallied, allowing Scherzer to play either from the front or in a tie. He wasn’t messing around. He walked just one after missing eight free passes in his first four starts, and of the three homers, two were solo shots.

Despite not being at his best, Scherzer appeared to be in control for most of the night. The Phillies only had multiple baserunners in an inning twice, though his ERA rose to a still very strong 2.61.

However, the most important statistic for Scherzer and the Mets is in the win column. They’ve won all five of his starts, with the ace playing at least six innings four times. He has had a win in four of them. And his latest performance allowed them to win the series against rival Phillies and extend a franchise record by winning their first seven series of the season.

“Great, that’s the point,” Scherzer said. “Come in here and let your ball club win. It’s not about me, it’s not about my stats or anything. So tonight is a great night – everyone contributed and everyone did their job and the offense really did their job tonight.

https://nypost.com/2022/05/01/max-scherzer-overcomes-home-run-hiccups-to-power-mets-win/ Max Scherzer overcomes home run hiccup to propel Mets win

JOE HERNANDEZ

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